Entering a ballpark when going to game seemed pretty easy. All you’d have to do is open your bag, take off your cap and enter the golden gates to baseball heaven. But, while the process has been easy, it isn’t exactly the safest. That’s why MLB is planning on enhancing security and adding metal detectors to ballparks by the 2015 season.
“This procedure, which results from MLB’s continuing work with the Department of Homeland Security to standardize security practices across the game, will be in addition to bag checks that are now uniform throughout MLB,” baseball spokesman Michael Teevan said Tuesday.
Teams such as the Seattle Mariners will have the metal detectors by their first home stand in 2014. Other teams such as the Boston Red Sox, The New York Mets, the Oakland Athletics, The Pittsburgh Pirates and the San Francisco Giants have tested out the system throughout the 2013 season. Security became more of a focus after three people were killed and more than 260 were injured in the Boston Marathon bombings.
“We conducted testing of these measures at the All-Star game and at both World Series venues last year, and we were pleased that it was effective and received without issue from fans,” Teevan said.
MLB ballparks have already taken precautions such as the size of a bag one person brings into a stadium; what was once originally 16 by 16 inches is now 8 by 8 inches. Fans are also allowed to bring one clear plastic bag that should be the size of a persons hand.